Are you looking for a glamorous 5 Star venue so that you can frock/ suit up and celebrate the Melbourne Cup in style? Or perhaps you are looking for somewhere a little more budget-friendly, casual and fun? Then you are in luck. All around the Nelson Bay region, there will be Melbourne Cup celebrations - for everyone.
Keep reading for just some of the Melbourne Cup events around the region where you can have a champers, get a ticket in a sweep and glam up for the Cup. Who knows - you may even go home cashed up with some winnings! Good luck!
Soldiers Point Bowling Club will be hosting a 2 course Melbourne Cup Luncheon with a glass of bubbles on arrival, live entertainment, sweeps, full TAB facilities and prizes for best dressed. Tickets cost $37 per person. See here for details.
The Anchorage hotel will be having a 5 star celebration with a 3 course lunch and endless bubbles between 12pm - 3pm! Walk in with friends and be welcomed with a cocktail, then enjoy an oyster tower, share plates of local seafood, a choice of mains and then devour a decadent dessert board. Tickets cost $135 per person which includes lunch with a 3 hour bottomless Chandon sparkling wine package. Alternatively, if your whole table would like to upgrade, each person can pay $185 for the lunch and bottomless Moet Champagne upgrade. See here for details.
Nelson Bay Bowling Club will be having a Melbourne Cup Day for golfers and non-golfers. Golfers can enjoy a shotgun 18 holes of golf, 2 course lunch, a complimentary glass of sparkling, prizes and sweeps for $50 members and $65 for visitors. Alternatively, if you don't want to play golf, you can book just the lunch only for $35. See here for details.
The Point restaurant at Soldiers Point will be celebrating the Melbourne Cup with canapes and a glass of bubbles on arrival, a 3 course lunch, live entertainment with Elisa Kate, sweepstakes and prizes. Tickets cost $99 per person. See here for details.
Wests Nelson Bay will be having a Leisurely Luncheon Special with either a ½ Lobster Mornay with chips and salad OR a 250gm sirloin chargrilled topped with garlic prawn skewers and hollandaise sauce with chips & salad or vegetables. The cost is $30 members/ $35 guests, which includes a glass of sparkling wine or middy of standard tap beer. See here for details (scroll down for the special).
Fingal Bay Sports Club will be hosting a Melbourne Cup buffet lunch with a glass of bubbly on arrival, big screen TVs, Best Dressed competitions, lucky door prize, TAB and sweep tickets. Tickets cost $35 per person. See here for details.
Shoal Bay Country Club will be a popular venue this Melbourne Cup Day, with over 6 screens to watch the race (including the Courtyard big screen), TAB facilities, live entertainment, Fashions by the Bay competitions, prizes, giveaways and sweepstakes. Lunch bookings at the Kitchen & Patio is essential to be part of the fun. See here for details.
One more suggestion - for serious Melbourne Cup Lovers: Have you always wanted to go to the actual Melbourne Cup in Victoria? Then hop on a Port Stephens coach tour and sit in reserve seating at Flemington in an indoor, air conditioned area. The tour is for 7 nights and 6 days, with prices starting from $1791 twin share. See here for details.
Book your tickets early so you don't miss out on the biggest race day of the year. Now the next thing to plan...is the outfit!
Hat or fascinator? Decisions, decisions..Image: Shoal Bay Country Club website